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By Steen Hyldgaard Christensen, Christelle Didier, Andrew Jamison, Martin Meganck, Carl Mitcham, Byron Newberry

This moment significant other quantity on engineering reviews considers engineering perform together with contextual analyses of engineering identification, epistemologies and values. Key overlapping questions research such concerns as an engineering identification, engineering self-understandings enacted within the specialist global, unique characters of engineering wisdom and the way engineering technology and engineering layout engage in practice.

Authors carry with them views from their institutional houses in Europe, North the US, Australia\ and Asia. the amount contains 24 contributions via greater than 30 authors from engineering, the social sciences and the arts. extra concerns the chapters scrutinize contain well-liked norms of engineering, how they have interaction with the values of potency or environmental sustainability. A concluding set of articles considers the which means of context extra as a rule via asking if engineers create their very own contexts or are they created by means of contexts.

Taken as a complete, this choice of unique scholarly paintings is exclusive in its wide, multidisciplinary attention of the altering personality of engineering practice.

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Atman, C. , & Morozov, A. (2008). Considering context over time: Emerging findings from a longitudinal study of engineering students. Proceedings of the Research in Engineering Education Symposium, Davos, Switzerland, 7–10 July 2008. , Pawley, A. , & Riley, D. (2011). Engineering and social justice: In the university and beyond. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press. , & Reader, J. (2012). Heterotopia. Alternative pathways to social justice. Hants: Zero Books, John Hunt Publishing Ltd. , & Edge, D.

One attribute is managerial and one is educational (lifelong learning). Education may encourage employment, opportunity and mobility, or deny it (social reproduction theory), and education may promote employment flexibility, but also competition, uncertainty and insecurity (human capital approach). This reflects the debate over liberal versus utilitarian education: of education for life contrasted against education for a job. In this context, it may be possible to “have one’s cake and eat it too,” with project- and problem-based learning, both of which promote life-long learning and employability.

Engineers practice in the public and private sectors, as academics, as researchers and as consultants, and are often professionally licenced or chartered. In this sense, engineers are more akin to medical doctors than scientists, albeit with multiple identities. Science is often regarded and reported as the basis of innovation, whereas more innovations derive from engineering, and ‘rocket science’ is more engineering than science. Indeed it can be argued with considerable justification that the science in rocket science is easy, but rocket engineering is hard.

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